Panthers sharp in earning EWC win


ZAC CAIN (above) of Plymouth is safe at first as Kiel first baseman Jordan Meyer is unable to snag a wild throw on a ground ball in Monday’s baseball game. Cain advanced all the way to third on the error. ZAC CAIN (above) of Plymouth is safe at first as Kiel first baseman Jordan Meyer is unable to snag a wild throw on a ground ball in Monday’s baseball game. Cain advanced all the way to third on the error. PLYMOUTH – Fine pitching, defense and baserunning keyed the Plymouth Panthers’ 3-1 Eastern Wisconsin Conference baseball win over Kiel Monday evening at the PHS diamond.

The victory was the Panthers’ 11th in a row and lifted their EWC-leading record to 8-0 (11-2 overall).

The Panthers played errorless defense, had aggressive, smart baserunning and a combined fourhitter from starting pitcher Ryan Schieble and Zac Cain. Schieble earned the win and Cain picked up a save.

Panther head coach Butch Cain said this game was probably the most complete performance of the season for his ballclub as far as pitching, defense and baserunning.

“Our defense and baserunning were nearly flawless. Ryan pitched well. He kept the ball in the middle of the plate and kept it down,” said coach Cain.


Eric Leinen, (below) Plymouth second baseman, fields a grounder as Kiel’s Jordan Meyer tries to advance to second base in Monday’s EWC baseball game. Leinen threw to first for the putout. – Photos by Todd Starnitcky Eric Leinen, (below) Plymouth second baseman, fields a grounder as Kiel’s Jordan Meyer tries to advance to second base in Monday’s EWC baseball game. Leinen threw to first for the putout. – Photos by Todd Starnitcky “Everyone ran hard. We had aggressive baserunning. Our communication was very good.”

The Raiders went up 1-0 in the top of the third inning on Jordan Meyer’s two-out single.

PHS responded with two runs in the fourth to grab a 2-1 advantage. Zac Cain reached third base on a three-base throwing error by the pitcher on his grounder. Cain scored on Tyler Willeford’s double.

After Luke Hojnacki’s infield single moved Willeford to third, Eric Leinen put down a suicidesqueeze bunt which plated Willeford.

The Panthers added an insurance run in the fifth. Jake Richards singled, stole second and came home on Luke Held’s base hit.

Schieble gave up one earned run on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Cain pitched a scoreless seventh and recorded one strikeout.

Eric Weber went the distance for the Raiders and surrendered two earned runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout.

Hojnacki led PHS in hits and steals with two each. The Raiders had no one with multiple hits.

KIEL 1

PLYMOUTH 3

Score by Innings
Kiel............................001 000 0 – 1 4 2
Plymouth..................000 210 x – 3 6 0
Eric Weber and Cody Ertel; Ryan
Schieble, Zac Cain (7) and Luke Held.
W – Schieble. L – Weber. Save – Cain.
2Bs – Plymouth, Tyler Willeford, Matt
Rhude.


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